David Rudisha Stride Study

One of the biggest stories out of the 2012 Olympic Games in London was the world record breaking 800m run of Kenyan David Rudisha. He shattered his previous record in a final that saw all eight runners lower their personal best performances.

We’ve been lucky in Australia to see Rudisha on a relatively regular basis in recent years with the Kenyan star kicking off his year with quick runs in the 1.43s inĀ Melbourne over 800m and a sub 46 second 400m in Sydney.

In 2011 I was camped just beyond the 200m start line and captured this footage, which I recently had a crack at editing to try and highlight some key moments in the ridiculously long Rudisha stride.

People often describe elite runners as appearing to effortlessly float over the ground. I couldn’t honestly apply that description to David Rudisha racing over 800m.

To me he represents the most fluid expression of power you can find in running, yes there is effort, but it’s imparted with a silky strength, like an artisan blacksmith he makes the hammer blows of fast running look like playing a cello.

There was a live stream on that night for a bigger picture of Rudisha’s performance and spirited late run from American Nick Symmonds. You can check that out here.

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3 Responses to David Rudisha Stride Study

  1. Andrew Cowell February 4, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Beautiful and mesmerising to watch! When I ran 800’s back in my school days my legs would be like rubber at the finish and I could barely stand. These guys look like they could do again….
    Thanks Brian, wonderful videos šŸ™‚

    • Brian February 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks Andrew, I reckon they hurt bad like the rest of us – just run faster doing it!


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